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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (debate)

  Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE). – Mr President, this is a very good first proper step in banning these single—use plastics, but do not get overly excited that we can solve the problem. I do hope that the Commission can ensure the next steps concerning the circular economy and that the plastics would then follow when the new Commission is in charge.

What I mean is that plastics – and the microplastics and nanoplastics which are actually the most severe problem – do come from other sources also. They are used in detergents, cosmetics, packaging and fertilisers, and so we eat them because they get into a very tiny format. There are also many other forms, and we have to remember that a significant part comes from textiles and tyres as well.

I do hope that the Commission will take charge and make separate programmes on textiles and tyres, and start by banning the plastic in food packaging, because there is the endocrine disrupter problem there also, and that we can have used—carbon—based safe packaging.

There’s a lot to be done in the future also.

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